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Post  JimLewis on Tue Sep 20, 2011 10:38 pm

I was traveling in New Brunswick (Canada) last week Spotted this plant. Is it a sumac of some kind? Something else?


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Post  Pavel Slovák on Tue Sep 20, 2011 10:46 pm

Hi Jim

Maybe Sorbus?

Gretings Pavel

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Post  Russell Coker on Wed Sep 21, 2011 12:01 am

No maybe's. It's sorbus.

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Post  will baddeley on Wed Sep 21, 2011 2:13 am

It looks very similar to Mountain Ash or Rowan. Sorbus aucuparia.

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Post  bonsaisr on Wed Sep 21, 2011 2:45 am

It is the American kissing cousin, Sorbus americana. The two species are very much alike.
Somebody told me if you soak the berries in vodka, you get a tasty concoction.
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Post  drgonzo on Wed Sep 21, 2011 3:19 am

A fella up the road from me has one of these growing as an ornamental in his front yard, you drive by and ignore the thing all season until Fall and its literally hanging from the weight of the bright red berries on its limbs and the orange leaves backlight it all. Very lovely tree.

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Post  will baddeley on Wed Sep 21, 2011 5:31 am

bonsaisr wrote:It is the American kissing cousin, Sorbus americana. The two species are very much alike.
Somebody told me if you soak the berries in vodka, you get a tasty concoction.
Iris
Could be a waste of Vodka judgeing by my experience. I went through a stage of making homemade wine and was really pleased with the results. Until it came to the Rowan berry wine.........Chewing a mouthful of headache tablets will give you an idea of the flavour. pale

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Post  JimLewis on Wed Sep 21, 2011 1:06 pm

Thanks all. It's new to me, though it appears to grow on the highest peaks (5,000 ft) around here. It's main range is much to the north of NC.

It is a lovely tree with the fruits.

That's the rushing tide of the Bay of Fundy behind it.

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Post  bonsaisr on Wed Sep 21, 2011 2:27 pm

Warning from a former owner (yard tree). You don't plant one anywhere near the driveway. I don't know about it as bonsai, but in the ground it is subject to the ills of the Rosaceae. It is susceptible to rot and is not long-lived, maybe 40 years.
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Post  drgonzo on Wed Sep 21, 2011 3:29 pm

why not near the driveway Iris?

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Post  bonsaisr on Wed Sep 21, 2011 7:15 pm

drgonzo wrote:why not near the driveway Iris?
Because you will have a terrible mess from falling berries every fall.
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Post  drgonzo on Wed Sep 21, 2011 8:21 pm

bonsaisr wrote:
drgonzo wrote:why not near the driveway Iris?
Because you will have a terrible mess from falling berries every fall.
Iris

I thought that might be it. yuk No

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